Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian heard from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on Wednesday and reacted to Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy before also giving his opinion on the situation in Cameroon.
Communist Deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq first asked the Foreign Minister what France’s position was on Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy.
Response from Jean-Yves Le Drian: “Me, I am not responsible for assessing the new constitution for Côte d’Ivoire. That would really be interference. And you know very well, Mr Lecoq, why we are here: because of the death of the Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly, President Ouattara felt he had to stand again, it is his free choice. Our concern is to ensure that these elections are conducted in an impartial manner. and in a peaceful climate. ”
The situation in Cameroon discussed
The head of French diplomacy has also been questioned on several occasions about the situation in Cameroon and especially about what looks like a house arrest by opponent Maurice Kamto. A question that annoyed Minister Le Drian somewhat.
“I know what you want?” That I go and see him? I went to him, Mr. Kamto. I told the Cameroonian authorities that I would not travel to Cameroon until Mr. Kamto is free. And I kept my commitment», Assures Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Jean-Yves Le Drian traveled to Yaoundé in October 2019 just after the release of Maurice Kamto. The French foreign minister last night called on the Cameroonian authorities to “take the necessary initiatives and movements of openness to build confidence in the domestic scene”.
A first call followed by another message to the Yaoundé address: “We are calling death in detention by journalist Wazizi [Samuel, journaliste en zone anglophone, ndlr] the Cameroonian authorities to carry out an independent and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of his death.
The head of French diplomacy also announced that he would soon travel to Bamako to meet with the new Malian authorities.